New smoking ban clears the air

From 7 January next year smoking will be banned in playgrounds, public sportsgrounds, swimming pools, public transport stops and entrances to public buildings, and from 2015 in outdoor dining areas.

I supported the Tobacco Legislation Amendment Bill in Parliament because it will ensure there is a uniform State ban in outdoor areas where the impact of second-hand smoke is of great concern.

Without state legislation Councils rely on ineffective and unenforceable tools to control outdoor smoking, like ordinance signs and conditions of consent, which create inconsistencies not only between but also within council areas.

Smoking has devastating health impacts and while rates are declining, many people continue to smoke, particularly in certain groups. As someone who took two years to give up smoking, during debate I expressed the need to do everything to assist people trying to give up.

My speech:

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